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Zipper-Back Lined Coin Purse
(In-the-Hoop)

Free project instructions for creating an in-the-hoop zipper-back lined coin purse.

Free project instructions for creating an in-the-hoop zipper-back lined zipper pouch.


Craft a perfectly polished coin purse with this specialized embroidery design! Available in two sizes, this project stitches together entirely in-the-hoop, complete with embroidery, a zipper, and contrasting lining. Add an optional wrist strap if you like to complete the look. Follow the step-by-step instructions below to stitch your own beautiful coin purse!


Project Needs & Notes:

- 1/2 yard quilter's cotton or linen (for outer fabric)
- 1/2 yard quilter's cotton (for lining)
- 1/8 yard thin fabric (for strap and wristlet)
- 1/2" swivel clasp
- All purpose zipper (6"+ zipper for small size, 8"+ zipper for medium size)
- Temporary spray adhesive (such as Gunold KK100)
- Embroidery thread
- Scissors
- Masking tape or painter's tape
- Soft, fibrous water-soluble stabilizer (such as Vilene)
- Seam ripper
- Rotary cutter
- Quilting ruler
- Iron
- Pressing cloth
- Ironing board
- Hand sewing needle or fabric glue

Designs featured in this tutorial include:
- X14910, Delicate Wildflower Lined Coin Purse(In-the-Hoop)

Special note: As one of the final color stops of file "b" sews the "a" and "b" pieces together, make sure to completely embroider file "a" before embroidering file "b".

Free project instructions for creating an in-the-hoop zipper-back lined coin purse.

To make a hardware strap for the coin purse, cut a strip out of the outer fabric or the lining fabric. The strip should be cut to 1 3/4" wide x 7" long. Using a quilting ruler and a rotary cuter is the easiest way to cut out these pieces.

Free project instructions for creating an in-the-hoop zipper-back lined coin purse.

Take the fabric strip, and fold the two long sides over 3/8" with wrong sides together. Press the folded edge with a pressing cloth.

Free project instructions for creating an in-the-hoop zipper-back lined coin purse.

Then fold the strip in half by matching up the two long, folded edges. Press the fold, and then either pin or use temporary spray adhesive to hold the fold in place for sewing.


Free project instructions for creating an in-the-hoop zipper-back lined coin purse.

As the stitching will been seen from both sides, wind a bobbin with the same thread you are using in the top needle.

Free project instructions for creating an in-the-hoop zipper-back lined coin purse.

Sew an 1/8" seam along both long sides. You do not need to sew along the two short ends. It should both be 1/2" wide when completed.

Free project instructions for creating an in-the-hoop zipper-back lined coin purse.

Slide a 1/2" swivel clasp, key ring, or other hardware of your choice on to the strap. Center it, and fold the strap so that the flat side of the hardware is on the inside of the fold.

Free project instructions for creating an in-the-hoop zipper-back lined coin purse.

Pin the fold or use temporary adhesive to hold it while sewing. Using a matching bobbin, sew a small seam as close to the hardware and folded end as possible. Make sure your needle does not hit the hardware as it will break the needle.

Free project instructions for creating an in-the-hoop zipper-back lined coin purse.

This completes the hardware strap. Set them it aside for now. The strap will be added during the second file of the embroidery design.

Free project instructions for creating an in-the-hoop zipper-back lined coin purse.

When you download the In-the-hoop coin purse design, you will find multiple files. Some are the embroidery files, and the others are dieline files marked with the letters "DL". Dielines are used to cut the fabric to the correct shape and size. Open and print each dieline file using an embroidery software. If you do not have an embroidery software, Wilcom TrueSizer is a free program to use.

Free project instructions for creating an in-the-hoop zipper-back lined coin purse.

Spray the backside of the front paper dieline (file "b") with temporary adhesive. Smooth it onto the right side of the outer fabric.

Free project instructions for creating an in-the-hoop zipper-back lined coin purse.

Cut out the first piece, and remove the paper dieline.

Free project instructions for creating an in-the-hoop zipper-back lined coin purse.

Repeat to cut the lining, front dieline shape (labeled with a "b" and "front") out of the lining fabric.

Free project instructions for creating an in-the-hoop zipper-back lined coin purse.

Then take the two remaining front dieline shapes (labeled with an "a", "back", and either "top" or "bottom"), and cut the two shapes out of both the lining and the outer fabrics.

Free project instructions for creating an in-the-hoop zipper-back lined coin purse.

Then take one of the "a", back shapes, and fold one long side over by 1/2". Press it along the folded edge.

Free project instructions for creating an in-the-hoop zipper-back lined coin purse.

Repeat to press one long edge over by 1/2" on each of the four back, top and bottom, dieline pieces.

Free project instructions for creating an in-the-hoop zipper-back lined coin purse.

There are different kinds of water-soluble stabilizer. For best results, use a soft and fibrous water soluble stabilizer, like Vilene. Using a stabilizer like this will make the zipper purse less bulky and easier to turn. The clear and plastic water soluble stabilizer will not work well. Use a size 11 or 75/11 sharp sewing needle. A sharp sewing needle has a smaller, finer point than an embroidery needle. That means it will make smaller holes in the stabilizer.

Free project instructions for creating an in-the-hoop zipper-back lined coin purse.

Hoop a piece of water-soluble stabilizer tightly, making sure there are no wrinkles and the stabilizer is drum-tight in the hoop.

Free project instructions for creating an in-the-hoop zipper-back lined coin purse.

Load the back embroidery file (file "a") onto the machine, and begin to embroider the design. The first thing to sew will be the "zipper dieline". This marks the place where the zipper will be placed on the stabilizer.

Free project instructions for creating an in-the-hoop zipper-back lined coin purse.

The zipper dieline sews a box with a centerline through the middle. To place the zipper correctly, close the zipper, and match up the center of the zipper (the teeth that zip and unzip) with the sewn centerline. Make sure the wrong side of the zipper is against the stabilizer, and tape it in place. The zipper should hang over the hoop on both sides, and will be trimmed away later.

Free project instructions for creating an in-the-hoop zipper-back lined coin purse.

Once the zipper is taped down, place the hoop back on the machine and embroider the "zipper tackdown" step. This will stitch the zipper to the stabilizer, and hold it in place for the remainder of the design. Don't worry if it sews over the tape. This can be easily torn away from around the stitches. Once the zipper is sewn in place, remove the tape before continuing to embroider.

Free project instructions for creating an in-the-hoop zipper-back lined coin purse.

After removing the tape, embroider the "top back piece dieline" step. This will sew an outline where the top front fabric piece will go.

Free project instructions for creating an in-the-hoop zipper-back lined coin purse.

Spray the back side of the folded, top front "a" outer fabric piece with temporary adhesive. With the folded edge against zipper, smooth the fabric piece inside the sewn dieline shape.

Free project instructions for creating an in-the-hoop zipper-back lined coin purse.

Then continue to embroider the "top back piece tackdown" step.

Free project instructions for creating an in-the-hoop zipper-back lined coin purse.

The "bottom back piece dieline" will embroider next, showing where to place the next fabric piece.

Free project instructions for creating an in-the-hoop zipper-back lined coin purse.

After the "bottom back piece dieline" has sewn out, place the fabric piece with the folded edge along the zipper, and embroider the tackdown. Again, make sure the folded edge is against the zipper. Then embroider the "bottom back piece tackdown" to sew the fabric piece in place.

Free project instructions for creating an in-the-hoop zipper-back lined coin purse.

Before sewing the "top lining tackdown," stop the machine and remove the hoop without unhooping the design. Lay it on the table with the backside of the hoop facing up. Take the top back "a" lining piece and spray the wrong side with temporary adhesive. Smooth it in place directly behind the top back "a" outer piece on the back of the hoop. Make sure the folded edge is against the zipper.

Free project instructions for creating an in-the-hoop zipper-back lined coin purse.

As the stitching will now be seen from both sides of the design, wind a bobbin with thread matching the color of the lining fabric. The top thread should still match the outer fabric color.

Free project instructions for creating an in-the-hoop zipper-back lined coin purse.

Place the hoop back onto the machine and embroider the "top lining tackdown" step. This will sew over the existing sewn tackdown on the front side of the design while also tacking down the added lining fabric.

Free project instructions for creating an in-the-hoop zipper-back lined coin purse.

Then repeat to spray and place the bottom, back "a" lining fabric on the back side of the hoop. Again make sure the folded edge of the fabric is against the zipper.

Free project instructions for creating an in-the-hoop zipper-back lined coin purse.

Still using the matching bobbin, place the hoop back on the machine and embroider the "bottom lining tackdown". This will sew over the existing sewn tackdown on the front side of the design while also tacking down the added lining fabric.

Free project instructions for creating an in-the-hoop zipper-back lined coin purse.

Once the embroidery is finished sewing, trim or tear away the excess stabilizer from around the back piece. Do not cut the zipper.

Free project instructions for creating an in-the-hoop zipper-back lined coin purse.

Once the back (file "a") is completed, hoop another piece of tear-away stabilizer and load the front (file "b") onto the machine. The first thing to sew will be the "front piece dieline". This marks the area on the stabilizer where the fabric piece will be placed.

Free project instructions for creating an in-the-hoop zipper-back lined coin purse.

Remove the hoop from the machine but do not unhoop the stabilizer. Spray the backside of the "b" front fabric piece with temporary adhesive, and smooth it in place right inside the sewn dieline.

Free project instructions for creating an in-the-hoop zipper-back lined coin purse.

Reattach the hoop on the machine and continue embroidering the design. The "front piece tackdown" stitch will sew next. This binds the fabric piece to the stabilizer for the remainder of the design.

Free project instructions for creating an in-the-hoop zipper-back lined coin purse.

Then follow the color change sheet, and embroider all the inner details of the design. Stop before sewing the "front finishing seam".

Free project instructions for creating an in-the-hoop zipper-back lined coin purse.

Before sewing the "front finishing seam" step, stop the machine and remove the hoop without unhooping the design.

Free project instructions for creating an in-the-hoop zipper-back lined coin purse.

It is now time to add the previously made hardware strap. Position it as desired so the raw edge is hanging over the outside of the fabric pieces. It is very important to make sure the hardware is far enough away from the outer edge of the fabric that it will not get sewn over. If the hardware does get sewn over by the stitching, it will break your needle, so be sure to place it correctly. Tape it in place.

Free project instructions for creating an in-the-hoop zipper-back lined coin purse.

Take the sewn back piece (file "a"), and open the zipper half way, so it its sitting in the center of the fabric square. It is very important to move the slider (also called the pull tab) of the zipper to the center of the fabric pieces. This will allow the zipper slider to be on the finished purse. If you do not move it, the zipper will be unusable, so do not forget!

Free project instructions for creating an in-the-hoop zipper-back lined coin purse.

Lay the sewn back piece (file "a") on top of the hooped front piece (file "b") with right sides together. Match up the outer edges, and tape the back piece in place around all four sides of the design.

Free project instructions for creating an in-the-hoop zipper-back lined coin purse.

Place the hoop back onto the machine, and embroider the "front finishing seam" step. This will bind all the layers together, and create the final shape of the purse.

Free project instructions for creating an in-the-hoop zipper-back lined coin purse.

Then remove the hoop from the machine without unhooping the design. Lay the lining "b" front piece on top of the other lining pieces with right sides together. Match up the edges and tape it in place.

Free project instructions for creating an in-the-hoop zipper-back lined coin purse.

Place the hoop back onto the machine, and embroider the final "lining finishing seam" step. This will sew the final shape of the purse a second time, binding the last lining piece to the rest of the design.

Free project instructions for creating an in-the-hoop zipper-back lined coin purse.

The "lining finishing seam" will also leave an opening in the bottom edge of the lining for turning the purse right side out. So make sure to not just sew either finishing seam step twice as the two finishing seams being different is very important.

Free project instructions for creating an in-the-hoop zipper-back lined coin purse.

Once the design has finished embroidering, cut or tear away the excess stabilizer from around the design.

Free project instructions for creating an in-the-hoop zipper-back lined coin purse.

Then trim away the extra seam allowance and the extra zipper length. Trimming the fabric away from the corners and curves will help the purse keep its shape without wrinkling once turned right side out.

Free project instructions for creating an in-the-hoop zipper-back lined coin purse.

Turn the zipper purse right side out through the opening in the lining, so the right side of the lining fabric is facing out.

Free project instructions for creating an in-the-hoop zipper-back lined coin purse.

Then use fabric glue or a hand sewing needle and thread to close the opening in the bottom edge of the lining.

Free project instructions for creating an in-the-hoop zipper-back lined coin purse.

Cut open the stabilizer hiding the zipper using a scissor or seam ripper. Make sure not to cut the actual zipper or fabric.

Free project instructions for creating an in-the-hoop zipper-back lined coin purse.

Turn the purse right side out. If desired, you can remove the water soluble stabilizer inside of the purse to make it less bulky. To do this, follow the manufacturer's instructions that come with the stabilizer. For Vilene, we soaked the purses overnight (12+ hours), and then scrubbed the purse gently under running water to remove the stabilizer completely so that no stiffness remained.

Free project instructions for creating an in-the-hoop zipper-back lined coin purse.

Allow the purse to air dry and then press it with a pressing cloth and an iron to get rid of wrinkles and create crisp, folded edges.

Free project instructions for creating an in-the-hoop zipper-back lined coin purse.

Attach your coin purse onto another bag or set of keys to hold a pouch for coins, chapstick or other small items.

Zipper-Back Lined Coin Purse (In-the-Hoop)



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